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Coaching Staff

Nathan Kilness
Assistant Coach

Nate Kilness began his collegiate coaching career with the Blue Devils starting with the 2015 season.



Tanner Vavra
Assistant Coach

Tanner Vavra begins his first year as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils with the 2017-18 season. Vavra brings a wealth of experience, plus name recognition, to the Blue Devil program. 
A Menomonie native, Vavra has played professionally with the St. Paul Saints and the Sioux Falls Explorers. A two-year All-Horizon League selection while playing at Valparaiso University, Vavra was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. 
Vavra was an all-region and third team junior college All-America at Madison College (formerly Madison Area Technical College). Vavra earned all-state baseball honors at Menomonie High School and was a two-time All-Big Rivers selection. Vavra was also a letter winner in both football and hockey.
Coming from a baseball family, Vavra's father, Joe, had a Hall of Fame career at UW-Stout from 1980-82 and coached the Blue Devils during the 2001 season. The elder Vavra is currently an assistant coach with the Minnesota Twins.

Tyler Hamann
Assistant Coach

2012: started eight games on the mound, the second most of any Blue Devil and pitched a team-high 49 innings...was also second on the team with 20 strikeouts...finished with a 5.69 ERA and a 2-4 record after starting the season 2-0...Hamann's wins came against Wesleyan University on their spring break trip and UW-Stevens Point...2011: made five appearances on the mound including fours a two game stretch against Hamline and UW-Stevens Point, posted an ERA of 0.59 pitching 15.1 innings with a complete game, going 11.2 innings in a 1-0 loss at Hamline, May 3. Threw 163 pitches in recording seven strikeouts, four hits before giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 12th on a two-out single to right field. Against Pointers, Hamann came on in relief in the fifth inning May 7, pitching 3.2 innings. With one out and a runner at third in the fifth. forced a groundout for the second out and notched a strikeout, his only of the game, to end the inning. Hamann hit two batters in the seventh inning, but got out of the jam and allowed only one hit throughout the rest of the game. Hamann surrendered no walks. Over those two games, Hamann pitched 15.1 innings, allowed one earned run, struck out eight, gave up five hits and walked four...2010: made six appearances on the mound with four games started...High School: first team all-district and all-conference...second team captain...player of the year in conference...first team all-conference in team won state junior year...finished runner-up at state senior year...set state record for consecutive wins in one season with 30...Personal: enjoys playing sports, video games, being with friends, ATV'ing, playing board games, working out, and water sports...Parents: Randy & Connie Hamann